RICKY D. A. ROSHELL has performed in over fifteen musical pit orchestras on multiple woodwind instruments; including flutes, clarinets, saxophones, double reeds and ethnic winds. He's performed in symphony orchestras as principal oboe, English hornist and bassoonist. He's performed and led big bands on saxophones, flutes, and clarinets. Currently, he is completing his Master's degree in Jazz Studies at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio.
He has performed with Keller Jazz Orchestra, Dallas Winds, Casa Mañana Theatre, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Millenial Choirs and Orchestra, Northern Stage Theatre, and touring Broadway shows.
As a member of the 2014 Lone Star Ambassadors, he played principal oboe on a two-week European tour of England, France, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria, Italy, and Germany.
As a member of the 2017 Disneyland All-American College Band, he played tenor saxophone and piccolo throughout the parks on a daily basis. He was the featured piccolo soloist on "The Stars and Stripes Forever" for the entire duration of the summer including the occasional jazz soloist in the big band.
He has performed with jazz greats such as Ron Carter, John Clayton, Wayne Bergeron, Steve Houghton, Gordon Goodwin, Wycliffe Gordon, Gregg Fields, Jiggs Whigham, Javon Jackson, and Chris Potter.
Aside from his musical endeavors, he also has a background in martial arts and gymnastics. His martial arts accomplishments include two black belts in Korean Taekwondo, a black belt in Filipino Arnis de Mano, and numerous medals at the state and national level of competition.
In 2016, he began an internet challenge on Instagram called the "flip-a-day" challenge. In February of 2019, after 1,147 days of flipping, he concluded the challenge...but legend has it that he still flips to this day without the company of a video camera.
When he's not practicing his instruments or working on his kicking technique, he enjoys fixing, cleaning, and driving his older vehicles.
Yes, plural! As of now, he drives a '00 Camaro, a '92 Corvette, and most recently, a '97 SVT Cobra Mustang. He has a list of very specific vehicles that he hopes to own in the very distant future.